News & Events

The Reverend Justin Lanier, Rector of St. Peter’s, Bennington, invited to be a part of the New Contemplative Exchange

Fr. Justin has recently been invited by Fr. Thomas Keating, O.C.S.O. a founder of Contemplative Outreach, to become a member of The New Contemplatives Exchange, a global network for contemplative studies and practice.
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Thank you to everyone who made the Fair such a success last Saturday!

Special thanks to Lisa Eash for organizing this fun event. 

Thanks to all the people who helped every day for six weeks to distribute free lunches at St Peter’s – we fed some kids!

August 13, Sunday

Special thanks to our guest preacher Kathleen Moore
and to Colleen Gates, our Lay Officiant.

September 16, Saturday

St Peter’s 5th Annual Golf Scramble at Mount Anthony-Country Club; Shotgun start, 9 holes, at 1 pm, meet and greet at 3:30 with appetizers and cash bar. $70 per person ($60 if paid by September 1) includes greens fees, cart and meet & greet. To register, contact or call 802-447-0119

September 30, Saturday

Annual Chicken Pie Supper
We are looking for chicken pie makers, apple crisp bakers, and wait staff, and help preparing vegetables the Friday before.   This is a very popular event for St. Peters and we pull out all the stops.  Please let Dick Bower (447-0119) Donna Maroney (442-9147) or Vickie Cutler (442-2891)  know what you would like to do.

November 3rd, Friday, and November 4th, Saturday

185th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Vermont, at Jackson Gore Village in Ludlow, VT. For more information and/or to register for Convention please click here to access our on-line registration system.

November 11, Saturday

Bowling with St Peter’s, 10 am to 3 pm at the Bennington Lanes.


Sunday 10 am service: We have begun using the Morning Prayer – Eucharist format.
We are presently training a few parishioners to be licensed as Lay Officiants in the Diocese of Vermont.  A Lay Officiant is a worship leader primarily of the Daily Offices (ie:  Morning and Evening prayer, Noonday prayer and Compline). Licensed Lay Officiants are an important ministry in the parish, covering Sunday or weekday liturgies when the Rector is either sick or away and we cannot obtain the ministry of a priest to supply for Fr. Justin.  Lay Officiants also enable the Church to offer diverse liturgies throughout the week and other occasions..

Congratulations to Heather Kirn Lanier who has been invited to give a TED talk in Milan, Italy, in October! TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) describes their global community as “a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinkers”.  Another honor for the Laniers and blessing for St Peter’s.

Jordan Lambert and Karen Feldt will be in town the weekend of August 20 and would like to see old friends at coffee hour.

Bennington County Habitat for Humanity is searching for homebuyers for a three bedroom house being built in the North Branch Street Development in Bennington. Applications for Habitat’s Homeownership Program are being accepted at this time. For more information call 802-367-1000 or email

The Knitting Group will not meet during July and August.

The Parish Directory is being updated. If you have any phone, email or mailing address changes, or if you know of people who are no longer with us,  please notify Nancy Sanford at 753-7380.

We celebrate birthdays on the first Sunday of each month at coffee hours after both services. Call Nancy Sanford at  753-7380 with your birth date, or to offer to bake a cake.

Sunday School: Bring the children and have a great time with stories, crafts, lunch and more. Call Mary Gerisch at 379-6311 for more information

Photo/Image Policy for St Peter’s Church:
The Vestry would like folks to re-read the church’s photo policy. Parents have to sign an “opt in” form in order for us to use children’s photos in print and on-line. Adults  have to sign an “opt out” form if they do not want their picture to be published. The policy and forms are on the bulletin board.

If you are Hospitalized
Because of the HIPAA laws, hospitals are not allowed to notify the Church of your admission. Please call the Church to let us know that you have been admitted to the hospital

Thatcher House
Angels’ Wings update:
We will have a new family in Angel Wings soon.  Hygiene and cleaning products continue to be needed.  Please call Nancy Sanford at at 753-7380 for information or to drop off items.

The Freezer is Hungry
The freezer can always use more items. When you are making soup, stew, chili, etc., put one extra serving in a container, mark it with the date and put it in the freezer in the hall by the Parish Office. Remember that we try to rotate the food every six months, so it is important to mark the date. Other ideas are a package of hot dogs or hamburger patties and buns bundled together. Thank you to all who put food in the freezer.

Give and Want Board
On the bulletin board you will find a poster labeled “GIVE and WANT”. We frequently give items to charity stores and the needy, so why not share with our friends? List the items that you want to dispose of and any items you would like to have. Check the board and if you can fill a need simply call the giver or receiver and arrange the transfer. It’s easy, and keeps our “junque” out of the landfill. Any questions: ask Tabbie Aldrich 681-7744

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